The Fortune Fund Mentoring Program works to develop strong, healthy relationships between the students and mentors. Mentors actively listen, give feedback, and offer encouragement in their pursuit of education.
Pictured Above: All of our mentors participating in the 2016 Walk for Wisdom
S2Tech mentors are pivotal to the success of the Fortune Fund. The mentors are S2Tech employees who volunteer for the pleasure of knowing they will influence a young person in a positive way. The mentors give their time and careful attention to help the students continue to learn and grow throughout their educational career.
The mentors talk with the Fortune Fund students on a monthly basis, and may provide additional counseling outside of the scheduled call. Once per year, S2Tech provides means for the new Fortune Fund students and their families to visit the S2Tech development center in Hyderabad to see what "life in the big city" is all about. The mentors enjoy showing the students their computers and teaching them how to email and use applications like Paint and Draw. This in-person introduction between the mentors and mentees creates a bond that will last throughout their school experience.
Bhavani has a desire to serve her country by aiding those who are needy. One way she does this is by helping them gain the skills they need to become a good student. At the beginning communication was a bit difficult, but now she has learned how to mentor the student not only in their education but in every aspect of their life. As she was able to guide her successfully through exams, she can see the student's growth from mentoring and that has been the most rewarding for Bhavani. She believes that mentoring is important because it improves leadership qualities and helps those in need.
Prashanth Kothuru believes that showing someone the path to education is the "greatest thing ever." In the beginning, he had trouble coordinating with the student but as time went on this improved, especially after he met the student in person. He's learned that just mentoring isn't enough; you have to understand the situation of the student, financially, and mentally. The student went from a B student to an A+ student by means of hard work and using Prashanth's suggestions. He enjoys mentoring because he wants to help lead students to a brighter path for the future.
Since many students in their very early teens do not know which path to take to fulfill their dreams, it is Abhishek's goal to help at least one student. He believes that students will do better in their studies if they receive proper mentoring. He has helped his mentee to broaden his interests by studying challenging subjects. Although contacting his student isn't easy because of the lack of proper communication in their village, the student's progress makes Abhishek happy to help the students.
Satheesh Madamsetti considers it a privilege to mentor because inspiring someone to find a good career is "the best thing you can do" for them. He shares with his mentee his experiences, goals, how to deal with pressure, and the importance of social activities to revitalize yourself. Recently, his student was able to visit the HDC and he taught her computer tools that inspired her to learn more. She has now finished the seventh standard with an A+. According to him, mentoring is giving a person a better life which will "make their parents happy and proud."
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Atmaja* was a very bright student, and dreamed of becoming an engineer. Atmaja's parents dreamt of her marriage to a boy in their village, meaning Atmaja would have to leave school and begin a new life with her new family.
When Atmaja's mentor found out that she might be pulled out of school, she and Atmaja's teachers, reached out to the parents to counsel them and encourage them to let her stay in school to pursue her passion for engineering. Her parents were reminded of the importance of Atmaja's education, the impact it would have on her independence and the ways a full education could benefit her family.
The family was reassured that the Fortune Fund would assist Atmaja along the way, helping her achieve her dream of becoming an engineer by providing monetary support and guidance from a mentor. Atmaja's family allowed her to stay in school and continue to pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.
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